Mary Ann Plaatjies van Huffel
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Dr. Mary Anne Plaatjies van Huffel is a Senior Lecturer in Ecclesiology at the University of Stellenbosch,where she teaches Church Polity and Church History. She currently serves as the Africa President of the World Council of Churchs and as the moderator of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA). She holds two doctorates; one in Systematic Theology and one in Church Polity. Among Dr. M.A. Plaatjies’ major publications are the following:  “About the empowerment of women in post-apartheid South Africa: A post-structural approach”; “Control, secede, vested rights and ecclesiastical property”; “The Institutionalization of Christian women’s organizations: from docile recipients to agents of change”; “Dirk Smith – An Apologist for confession”; “Patriarchy as empire: a theological reflection”; “The relevance of Reformed church polity principles: Revisiting the concept”.